The kitchen is the heart and center of the home — but it gets dirty fast.
If neglected, aside from basic washing up and wiping down, the kitchen can get out of hand very quickly. But forget weekend cleaning marathons — you can deep-clean the kitchen from top to bottom (and keep it clean!) in only 20 minutes a day.
- Wipe up spills in the refrigerator as soon as you notice them, and if you have time, do the rest of the shelf or any messy jar bottoms
- Go through just one refrigerator or pantry shelf and toss anything that’s past the expiration date, that you’ll never use again or that’s less than a single serving.
- Toss the jumble of unused takeout disposable containers, glass jars and condiment packages you’ve collected.
- Wipe fingerprints off all the kitchen cabinets.
- As you cook, rinse dirty utensils, pots and pans and put them in the dishwasher. You’ll have the kitchen in good order when you sit down to eat, and you’ll have less to clean up after dinner.
- Ease the weekday morning rush by setting the table for breakfast before you go to bed. Put out cereal boxes, sweeteners and other nonperishable items. Prepare the coffeemaker and set the timer.
- If the dishwasher’s not full, add burner covers or small shelves from the refrigerator — anything that needs washing.
- While you’re talking on the phone or waiting on endless hold, clean out five to seven unwanted, unused things from the kitchen junk drawer or pantry.